This is the ninety eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as a companionless Seven, and has a guest appearance from Anthony Calf . Episodes are roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are interviews with cast and crew and music excerpts at the end of each disc.
An Arctic expedition in 2012, to find the remains of a lost 1929 expedition, some across some very unusual objects buried in the ice from millions of years ago. Very soon we have Seven with no memory running around in a standard base under siege tale that has some big ideas and ambitions, but can't quite live up to them.
The first half of the tale is the best, where the Doctor's amnesia and references to the possible monsters keep us slightly off kilter and wondering. And there are some genuinely good moments of interplay between various characters, especially with Anthony Calf's arrogant Lord Barset (the man with the talking money), and Seven. It's an intriguing first half. But the second half descends into melodrama, and has too much of McCoy bellowing at people rather then the understated and subtle performance of the first half. It quickly descends into a standard run around and loses a lot of the impact.
I did however enjoy the audio production of this one, an impressive music track that knows when to keep quiet and when to underscore the action, and an impressive sound design that really brought the base, the snow storm and the mysterious sounds the Doctor keeps hearing to impressive life.
Three stars for this initially interesting but eventually lacklustre tale.
An expedition to the Antartic unearths a frozen 7th Doctor, the TARDIS, and numerous reptilian aliens...
'Frozen Time's main draw is that of it's returning villains, a classic Doctor Who monster used before by Big Finish in a rather dire outing some years ago, though to be honest once they appear the story doesn't really find anything new to do with them, and relies heavily on the creatures debut television story.
The best way to describe this story would be 'workmanlike' - it moves along at a reasonable pace, the performances are all solid enough - it just lacks any really inspired ideas to elevate it above the average. The play's one attempt to throw a curve ball is giving the Doctor temporary amnesia from being frozen for thousands of years, but beyond a few structural tweaks this is your bog-standard traditional Doctor Who monster runaround.
By no means a bad story, 'Frozen Time' is solid but uninspired fare.
Another audio adventure for the seventh doctor who, this time without any companions. A four part story spread over two discs, each episode being twenty five minutes long.
Part one begins with an expedition going to antarctica to uncover things that another expedition went there to find in the 1920's. But they don't find what they expected in the ice. And there are nasty creatures lurking...
You may think you know who the nasty creatures are, but don't be too hasty to guess. The doctor spends a lot of the early episodes in the dark as to what is going on, for reasons that quickly become apparent. And this is quite well played by sylvester mccoy. The second episode leaves you desperate to know what will happen next. But once the nasty creatures are revealed, the story becomes very conventional and the rest of it plays out in a typical manner with no real surprises.
And yet this story does have it's moments. Former bond girl maryam d'abo plays a character called genevieve, a french scientist who speaks perfect english, and her voice is appealing and makes her character feel different from the norm. There's also a great scene in part four where one other human character gets to explain his motivations. The end of part four also hints at a few things we don't get to hear. And I wouldn't mind to hear them.
Each disc ends with twenty five minutes worth of interviews and music from the story. These both have their moments.
At the end of the day this is a very average story and worth no more than three out of five, but it does have a few attractions
Seventh Doctor on his own doesn't really work for me. He seems rather detached from the world and confused, perhaps that comes of millenia frozen in Ice, but I think not, instead trying develop a darker side to the older McCoy Doctor, as with Valhalla without any companions, perhaps this time missing them rather than his bitterness towards the 'free-loaders' of Valhalla - but this still makes the Doctor harder to relate to that of the 1980s on TV. The plot is quite strong, it's got the standard Big Finish aspect to it, the characters were well played, but...
[SPOILERS] In episode 2 I was well of the opinion that the mysterious creatures the first Lord Barset had met were the Ice Warriors and the new met creatures were, something else, possibly the Silurians. In fact it was the other way round - modern day sees the Ice Warriors and its suggested it was the Silurians in the past (in the extras) which was a bit dissapointing, but also, I really don't think this works with Ice Warriors. Firstly they didn't seem convincing, the hissing sound seemed optional half the time it wasn't there and I dno if the Ice Warriors were right there.
[NO MORE SPOILERS] But all in all it's pretty good, the rest of the cast (excluding the Doctor & the Monsters) was great, some really nice characters. But just lacking that something, perhaps a bit too predictable and expected. Re-listening, it's much more enjoyable and far more interesting!
The seventh doctor versus the ice warriors at last. Of course, Nick Briggs writes yet another gripping audio adventure with great acting and action all the way through. Sylv Mccoy of course is again brilliant as the Doctor, this time frozen for years. Hes such a great actor. But the real cool thing about this audio is having Maryam D'abo star! I love her acting the bond film The Living daylights, and its great to hear her again. And shes better in this. I just love her voice. This is also the only other thing ive ever heard her in, and i think thats a shame cuz shes great. Its also a shame that Genevieve didnt stay on as a companion for the seventh doctor, she would have been perfect! But, weve still got this great audio to listen to her on. But Nick Brigg is great too as Lord Arakssor, leader of the ice warriors. Tense stuff, and convincing writing all the way through. WORTH MORE THAN THREE STARS...MORE LIKE 30 STARS would be nearer the mark. Depends on your taste i suppose, but this is definitely one of the better monster audios.